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The Great Atlas of the Sky by Piotr Brych

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Manufacturer Description

Features:

  • 296 maps with over 2.4 million stars down to magnitude 12
  • Over 70,000 deep sky objects plotted
  • Each map unfolds to 24x17"
  • Designations provided for over 130,000 stars
  • Protective film allowing field use of individual maps included

See what Dave Eicher, Editor, Astronomy Magazine has to say:
"Few astronomy books ... have become instant classics, but this new star atlas will be one of them."
"Cornerstone of any serious sky observer’s library."
"I am absolutely amazed with this star atlas."
Read details at Dave's blog.

Product Details:

The Great Atlas of the Sky, Jubilee Edition, is the world’s largest printed atlas of the entire sky available on the market. It comprises of 296 maps, each covering the area of 15°x10° containing over 2.4 million stars. The size of the maps is 24x17 inches (61x43 cm), and their scale is 1.38 inch/° (35 mm/°).

A total of 2,430,768 stars, up to the stellar magnitude of 12, are plotted on the maps of the Atlas, in addition to over 70,000 galaxies, clusters and nebulae. All the non-stellar objects plotted on the maps are labeled with the Messier, NGC, IC, Sh2, RCW or PGC catalogue designations. The maps are also plotted with the symbols and numbers of all the stars included in the Bayer catalog of 1603 (Greek letters), Flamsteed catalogue of 1725, and in the Hipparcos catalog of 1997. Also, all the variable stars included in the GCVS and NSV catalogues have their symbols marked on the maps. All told, a total of 130 thousand stars have their designations provided on the maps.

The nebulae, whose diameter is greater than 5’, are shown on maps as outlines reflecting their shape. Galaxies are depicted in the form of an ellipse, provided that their diameter is larger than 2’. The size and location of the ellipse corresponds to the real size and the position of the galaxy in the sky. The maps also have the ecliptic plotted on, with an angular scale of every 0.1°. In the case of polar maps, the axial precession movement is indicated by the position of the poles in the years 2000-2100.

Maps are inserted in the special binding allowing for easy removal of the maps. Once placed in the dedicated protective film, the map can be used outdoors, without risking damage to the map. The Atlas is supplied with a grid film that facilitates the finding of precise coordinates of every point on the map and to plot objects of known coordinates, e.g. current position of comets taken from ephemerides.

Comparison With Other Atlases:

Compare this atlas with the other great star atlases published in the last two decades.

 

Great Atlas of the Sky

Millennium Star Atlas

Uranometria

Herald-Bobroff AstroAtlas *

Stars plotted

2,430,768

1,058,332

280,035

< 553,436

Deep sky objects plotted

70,000+

8,000+

30,550

< 22,812

Limiting magnitude

12

11

9.75

Varies from 6 - 15

Map scale

37mm/degree

36mm/degree

18mm/degree

Varies

Number of maps

296

1,548

440

214

Map size

17 x 24”

7.6 x 10.4”

9 x 12”

11 x 16”

Number of volumes

1

3

2

1

Availability

In print

Out of print

In print

Out of print


* Maps in the Herald-Bobroff AstroAtlas are divided into four overlapping sections, with three of these sections showing only selected areas of the sky. A significant numbers of stars and deep sky objects are repeated in multiple sections so it is impossible to get an accurate count of the total number of objects plotted in this atlas. The numbers shown above for the Herald-Bobroff AstroAtlas are a theoretical upper bound (assuming no overlap, which we know isn’t true), so this is a significant overestimate.

There is no comparison really! The Great Atlas of the Sky handily beats its nearest competitor by plotting more than twice as many stars and deep sky objects at the largest scale. This edition is a must-have for astronomy clubs, libraries, observatories, and advanced amateur and professional astronomers alike. With only 1,000 copies printed in the first run for worldwide distribution, this may not be available for too long. Hurry!

Sample Maps:

Map #1, North Pole

Map #74, Veil Nebula in Swan

Map #82, Crab Nebula and Sh2-240 (Simeis 147) supernova remnant

Notes:
• The atlas comes triple-boxed, ready for shipping. The innermost box contains the individual maps. The middle box contains the atlas cover/binder and wraps around the inner map box.
• You will need to insert the maps into the binder when you get them. The maps are packed separately to prevent damage to the punched holes during shipping.

Reviews

4.7 (Based on 7 Reviews) 100% of reviewers recommended this product.
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      Review by ls of USA.
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      Feb 2, 2014

      5.0 Hard to beat

      Pros:

      Accurate,Easy to Use

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      This chart I use on a regular basis in side as reference in planning future observations due to the Mag 14 which matches my scope limits. It is large and heavy and better used inside to protect the quality of this fine chart

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      Review by L.S. of Land of enchantment...New Mexico USA.
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      Nov 5, 2013

      5.0 Lots of detail

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      Accurate

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      Very impressed with the quality of this chart book, though I did take the others advice and added hole reinforcements to each page. The book will take some time to adjust to from other charts due to the MAG 13 and over 2.4 million plus stars with inhanced DSO objects. I like it.....

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      Review by Rob from NOVAC of Northern Virginia, USA.
      1364083200
      Mar 23, 2013

      5.0 Heirloom quality star atlas

      Pros:

      Accurate

      Cons:

      Heavy

      Comments:

      The Great Atlas of the sky comes in a very nice case. The maps are fold-out large format... Very nice labeling and insanely voluminous list of objects plotted. I like the plotting methodology - maps are clean and easy to use. I hear that dark nebula are underrepresented. I'll let you know when I get bored hunting for the tens of thousands of deep space objects included. There is a clear protector that can be used to take a map into the field protected. Last comment is that I agree with others that putting hole-protectors on every hole of every page is a good idea to keep this atlas in great condition. I put them on both sides of each of the four holes on every sheet.... Well, I put the first 1000 on anyway. Need to go get another pack.

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      Review by Starthrower of Peterborough, NH.
      1354320000
      Nov 30, 2012

      5.0 An important purchase to me!

      Pros:

      Accurate

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      The GAOTS was a purchase I had been anticipating for some time, and seeing the great price through Agena, and trusting them to make the experience a good one, I ordered it. The GAOTS was everything I had hoped (and my expecations were HIGH), and it arrive in a very timely manner. The packaging was also outstanding, and as a result the Atlas shows no sign of the journey. Thanks you, Agena!

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    5. Glenn Kelly

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      Review by GRK_Astronomer of Upper Midwest - US.
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      Feb 26, 2012

      4.0 My desk is full of stars

      Pros:

      Easy to Use,Good Reference,Accurate

      Cons:

      Comments:

      This atlas is well suited for deep sky observation and best used as a desk reference. It has the ability to remove single maps and place them in a water proof sleeve for outside observation; however, it is not designed to take the entire book to an observation site. Given that most commercial telescopes are unable to reach observation at the lowest magnitudes of the atlas in normal conditions, it is better used as a supplement to smaller atlases or planetarium software used normally of astronomical forays. Atlases like The Sky 2000.0 are best for this type of work and at a lower cost with all laminated maps.

      Great resource though.

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      Review by Toby of Australia.
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      Jun 9, 2011

      4.0 Its big & heavy

      Pros:

      Accurate

      Cons:

      Heavy

      Comments:

      I use this atlas with the pocket sky atlas which is a good combination. This is a superb one piece Star Atlas,which includes 2.4m stars. Great for Variable stars, Galaxies & Double Stars but there is no indication of separation. Globular clusters and planetary nebulae are hard to see in the dark and many Globular and Open clusters planetary nebulae are missing. Having said that, I feel a little more care should be taken and this would have been the ultimate Star Atlas for years to come.

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      Review by loyalr of Denver.
      1306627200
      May 28, 2011

      5.0 Great book. Thanks!!

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      Accurate

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      Great book. Thanks!!

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